War hero pilot dies, aged 98

By County Echo Reporter in Local People

A GOODWICK war hero, who was shot down over Belgium during World War Two and survived 114 days behind enemy lines, has died at the age of 98.

Fl/Sgt John Evans had been piloting a Halifax bomber when it was shot down by a German night-fighter during a raid on railway marshalling yards at Hasselt on the night of 12-13 May, 1944.

The crew parachuted to safety and both Mr Evans and Canadian bomb aimer Bill Robertson were taken in by the local resistance who proceeded to hide them from the Germans for several months.

Both eluded capture by the Gestapo and Mr Evans later recounted his wartime adventures in a book, Airman Missing, by Pembrokeshire journalist Greg Lewis.

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